Con-Court grants Kereke rape case reprieve

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Staff Reporter

Munyaradzi Kereke

ZANU PF legislator, Munyaradzi Kereke, has won a temporary reprieve in the case where he is accused of raping an 11-year-old relative.

The Constitutional Court on Monday granted an application in which the Bikita West legislator wanted prosecution of the case delayed.

Kereke rushed to the top court last week after prosecutor general, Johannes Tomana, issued a certificate allowing private prosecution of the case.

Tomana had long refused to take on the case, citing lack of evidence but granted the certificate after the top court ordered him jailed for 30 days if he continued to be defiant.

But Kereke already had a case before the apex court in which he is challenging the constitutionality of private prosecution.

In last week's urgent application, he wanted the judges to stop the girl’s guardians launching criminal proceedings before his constitutional challenge is determined.

The MP’s lawyer confirmed the court’s decision.

“I want to confirm that … the Constitutional Court has granted an order not to institute criminal proceedings against our client until the main case challenging the issue of Section 16 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act,” said attorney James Makiya.

“Between now and the finalisation of that main case, no one should institute any criminal proceedings against my client.”

Kereke is accused of raping the girl at gun point at his Mt Pleasant home in 2010.

The legislator denies the allegations.

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